Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14
1. Those Florida Atlantic helmets were god awful. Like literally the worst helmets I've ever seen a football program wear. Bright white helmets with a red outline of the state of Florida on one side. On the other side are large red numbers of each player, like Alabama but much, much worse. Here's a pic if you missed it. Just ugly. Florida is a weirdly shaped state to begin with and doesn't mesh on a helmet. Make the change Lane.
2. This just me talking as a guy who doesn't really know much about football and is probably forming an opinion based on the fact Wisconsin has a new, inexperienced Defensive Coordinator but it doesn't look like the Badgers are comfortable yet on the defensive side of the ball. They gave up a 63-yard pass touchdown pass in the first quarter when a defensive back just let a receiver run passed him thinking he had safety help over the top when he did not. And it often looks like linebackers are having a hard time finding their correct gaps; or on plays where I'm used to a seeing a Badger defender be in the right spot to shut a player down, they aren't there so far this year. Again, talking out of my ass here since I have very little X's and O's knowledge about football but the defense doesn't look as sharp as I'd like it. Hopefully it will come with time and experience.
3. I like what I'm seeing out of the offense though, for the most part. There were some ups and downs, just like last week, but overall I'm pleased with what I've seen from the unit as a whole so far. Failing to convert three times from the one-yard line was troubling, to say the least, and the turnovers were crushing today but Wisconsin seemed to get what they wanted most of the day on offense. Clean up the turnovers and that's a great offensive showing from the Badgers. Jonathon Taylor looks like he could be a stud for the next couple years at RB and the offensive line created many more running lanes today than they did against Utah State. Hornibrook is progressing nicely and as far as Wisconsin quarterbacks go, I've got quite a bit of confidence in him right now. I'd still like to see one of the receivers step up as Hornibrook's #1 option to take some eyes and coverage off of Fumagalli though. They have some options but need someone to step up consistently to be a threat. Of Wisconsin's 17 catches, Fumagalli had 8 of them. Having your Tight end catch almost 50% of your passes in a game is not ideal.
4. Going to be interesting to see how backfield carries get divided out the next couple of games. Between Bradrick Shaw who was out today, Chris James, and Jonathon Taylor someone is going to get the short end of that stick. They'll all get carries but there are only so many to go around. From what we've seen from Taylor the past two weeks, I think he's the feature back. Will be interesting if Coach Chryst sees it the same way and make the move to the freshman. I think he does, makes Taylor the primary back with Shaw as the second option and James is more of a third-down back. Will be interesting to see how that situation plays out. Great problem to have though at Running Back U.
5. Through two games against inferior opponents, it's still tough to tell what we have with this years' Badgers team. Next week at BYU should help answer many of those questions. I think it's a great test for Wisconsin. I don't think they are ready to play a Top 10 or Top 15 team yet this early in the year, but they do need a test. And a quality opponent in BYU on the road across two different time zones is definitely a test. If they are as sluggish as they were in the first half against Utah State or if they turn the ball over as frequently as they did today, a win in Provo is going to be tough to find. But it's also a team they should beat if they play well. Exactly what this team needs right now.